Riyad Mahrez admits it’s an unbelievable feeling to reach the AFCON final after his stoppage time free kick helped beat Nigeria 2-1. Mahrez’s goal means Algeria take on Senegal in Friday’s final, and the Manchester City winger says the team are confident, having already beaten Senegal 1-0 in the group stages.
In his words, the 2016 African Footballer of the Year said “We were 1-0 up, I think we were good in the game and this decision of VAR for the penalty, they scored the penalty and we had this free kick at the end of the game and we scored and we are very very happy because to be in the final of the African Cup of Nations is something unbelievable. I think we’ve been very good in this tournament, we scored 12 goals and we conceded two. We had already the confidence but this game gave us more confidence to play the final. It will be another battle, another tough game but I think we are capable to win it. We’ve played Senegal in the group stage so it’s a very good team and we will see.”
He concluded by saying “It is my dream to win the AFCON. We have one more game. We are going to rest well Inshallah. We are going to be focused because it’s going to be another battle against Senegal. Inshallah, we’ll try to win it.”